34 Facts About Clinton White House

1. Clinton White House continued to position himself as a centrist, stating in early 1996 that "the era of Big Government is over.

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2. Clinton White House's handling of the budget and the Bosnian War improved his approval ratings, and his own polling showed him consistently leading Republican challengers throughout 1996.

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3. Clinton White House publicly apologized for having an affair with Lewinsky in September 1998.

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4. Clinton White House was the first president to visit Botswana, Slovenia, and South Africa.

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5. Clinton White House maintained the economic sanctions and the no-fly zones imposed on Iraq in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War.

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6. Clinton White House hosted the 2000 Camp David Summit between Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement.

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7. Clinton White House sought to mediate the Arab-Israeli Conflict, encouraging the leaders of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization to reach the 1993 Oslo Accords.

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8. Clinton White House believed that NATO would provide a stabilizing influence on these countries.

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9. Clinton White House was inclined to restore Aristide, in part due to stem the flow of Haitians fleeing to the US, but many Americans opposed a military intervention in a country that posed not threat to the United States.

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10. In 2000, Clinton White House signed a bill granting permanent normal trade relations to China, and American imports from China massively increased in the subsequent years.

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11. Clinton White House believed that globalization would promote economic prosperity and democratization throughout the world, and he pursued several major trade agreements.

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12. Clinton White House took office less than two years after the Dissolution of the Soviet Union, which marked the end of the Cold War.

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13. Clinton White House signed the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which made it a federal crime to obstruct abortion clinics and places of worship.

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14. Clinton White House signed an executive order allowing the use of fetal tissue in medical research.

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15. In September 1996, Clinton White House signed the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal recognition to same-sex marriages.

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16. Clinton White House supported the right of homosexual individuals to serve in the military, and, along with Secretary of Defense Les Aspin, he developed a plan that would allow openly gay individuals to serve in the military.

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17. Clinton White House signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which represented the first major overhaul of the Communications Act of 1934.

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18. Clinton White House presided over a period of deregulation in the telecommunications and financial industries.

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19. Clinton White House held office at a time when monetarism had supplanted Keynesianism as the dominant theory of economic growth among many in Washington.

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20. Clinton White House presided over a "Goldilocks economy", a period of low inflation and low unemployment.

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21. Clinton White House believed that the program inadvertently trapped many poor families and individuals in a cycle of poverty, and he favored shifting funding from AFDC to job training and child care programs.

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22. Clinton White House signed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 into law on August 10, 1993.

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23. Clinton White House presented his budget plan to Congress in February 1993, proposing a mix of tax increases and spending reductions that would cut the deficit in half by 1997.

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24. Clinton White House inherited major budget deficits left over from the Reagan and Bush administrations; fiscal year 1992 had seen a $290 billion deficit.

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25. Clinton White House appointed 66 judges to the United States Courts of Appeals and 305 judges to the United States district courts.

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26. Clinton White House considered various nominating political leaders like Mario Cuomo and Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, whom he believed could become leaders on the court in a similar fashion to Earl Warren.

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27. Clinton White House decided to appoint the first female Attorney General, settling on little-known corporate lawyer Zoe Baird.

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28. Vice President Gore and First Lady Hillary Clinton White House emerged as two of the most influential figures of the Clinton administration, and Clinton solicited their opinions on a wide range of issues.

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29. Clinton White House convinced Lloyd Bentsen, a longtime Senator from Texas and the 1988 Democratic vice presidential nominee, to serve as his first Secretary of the Treasury.

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30. Clinton White House emerged as the front-runner for the nomination after the first set of primaries in February 1992.

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31. Clinton White House pursued closer trade relations with several countries, most notably China.

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32. In foreign policy, Clinton White House launched a major bombing campaign in the Balkans, which led to the creation of a United Nations protectorate in Kosovo.

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33. In 1997, Clinton White House signed into law a bill creating the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which was designed to help provide health care coverage for millions of children.

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34. Clinton White House was succeeded by Republican George W Bush, who won the 2000 presidential election.

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